No. 28 Squadron RAAF

No. 28 Squadron is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Active Reserve squadron, based at HMAS Harman in the Australian Capital Territory. Its main role is public affairs and imagery.

No. 28 Squadron RAAF
Members of No. 28 Squadron RAAF pass by Civic Square during the unit's Freedom of the City parade in August 2013
Members of No. 28 Squadron RAAF pass by Civic Square during the unit's Freedom of the City parade in August 2013
BranchRoyal Australian Air Force
RolePublic affairs and imagery
Part ofAir Force Headquarters
Garrison/HQHMAS Harman
Motto(s)In Response


Raised on 1 July 1983 at RAAF Base Fairbairn,[1] the squadron relocated to Harman upon the closure of the RAAF base in May 2004.[2] The squadron was initially designated as an Auxiliary unit, forming part of the Citizens Air Force, but this terminology was changed in September 1983, at which point the unit became an Active Reserve squadron.[1]

The squadron consists of a small group of Regular personnel who administer the Reserve elements of the unit. The majority of the Reserve personnel are tasked with various base support and other roles including communications, information technology, intelligence, logistics, and planning.[3] It also provides the Air Force with a public affairs capability.[4] The squadron also has a flight based at RAAF Wagga Wagga,[3] which was raised in 1988. The squadron also operate the RAAF's hot air balloon.[1]

On 11 September 2015, the squadron received the Governor General's banner for 25 years of service.[4] The squadron's motto is "In Response".[3] It has supported operations in Timor Leste, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Solomon Islands.[4]



  1. ^ a b c Barnes 2000, p. 115.
  2. ^ Department of Defence (March 2002). "Provision of Facilities for the Australian Capital Territory Multi-User Depot" (PDF). pp. 2–4.
  3. ^ a b c "No 28 (City of Canberra) Squadron". Royal Australian Air Force. Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2008.
  4. ^ a b c "Squadron's service honoured" (PDF). Air Force News. 24 September 2015. p. 2. Retrieved 26 October 2018.


  • Barnes, Norman (2000). The RAAF and the Flying Squadrons. St Leonards, New South Wales: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-130-2.

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